DIY Mother's Day Gifts: Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea and Bath Bombs
Homemade spa essentials make perfect gifts for weddings, baby showers and Mother's Day.
Homemade Spa at Home
If you need an excuse for a spa day, you won’t have to delay it any longer. Bath bombs and tub teas are a fun way to turn a regular ol’ bath into a luxurious experience. They are simple to make with a few ingredients. Even better, they make wonderful gifts!
Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea
- 1 cup Epsom salts-helps with muscle relaxation and reducing inflammation.
- 1 cup oatmeal-softens skin
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender-Relaxing
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 disposable cone coffee filters
- cotton twine
- bowl (not shown)
- spoon (not shown)
Pour the Epsom salts into the bowl. Add about 20 drops of lavender essential oils to the salt. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. There should be no visible clumps in the salt.
Add the oatmeal and dried lavender to the bowl and mix. Make sure the lavender, oatmeal and salt are mixed well. Fill two cone coffee filters about half full (you will have a bit left over). Tie them closed with the cotton twine.
Another option is to sew the top of the filter shut with a sewing machine. This method makes an attractive presentation if you are planning to give the tub teas as a gift. Alternatively, you can put the tub tea in a glass canning jar and tie with a ribbon. List out the ingredients on a homemade tag for a one-of-a-kind spa gift. If you do not want to use the cone filters, you can use a sock (perfect opportunity to do something with that one sock that’s missing its partner) or a piece of muslin, cheesecloth or T-shirt fabric tied in a bundle.
The best way to get the most out of your tub tea, it to infuse the tea bag in a mug of boiling water. Let it steep for four to five minutes as you run your bath. Pour the tea and the bag into the tub and enjoy a relaxing soak.
Lavender Bath Bombs
Skip those bath and beauty stores with their over-priced bath bombs. You can make them easily at home. If you have never experienced a bath bomb, you are in for a pleasant surprise! They make an ordinary bath wonderful. They make great gifts and kids love them too.
Ingredients and Supplies:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid*
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender (optional)
- food coloring (any color you want)
- bowl (not shown)
- whisk (not shown)
- cup (not shown)
- bath bomb mold
*The only ingredient you might have to order is citric acid, but check the canning section at your local grocery store (citric acid is frequently used in canning). Also, most Epsom salts are quite grainy. You can run the salt through a coffee grinder or food processor to help break it down a bit. Make sure you thoroughly wash the appliances after use.
You can purchase bath bomb molds inexpensively online. Honestly, any two small bowls around three to four inches in diameter will work. Check in your Christmas ornaments collection. If you have some clear, plastic ornaments (the kind you can fill) they will make perfect molds.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately. Don’t go overboard on the food coloring. Only a few drops are needed. Add the wet ingredients one spoonful at a time. The dry mixture will fizz slightly when it comes into contact with the liquid. Mix the liquid in slowly until it resembles wet sand.
Pack the mixture into the molds tightly. Add an extra spoonful on top of each side (so that it is mounded) then bring the two sides together and press firmly. Then carefully unmold.
Let the bath bomb dry overnight. They will harden as they dry. If you want to use them sooner, pop them into the freezer for a couple of hours. Now, fill your tub with warm water and pop one in. Lay back and enjoy the fresh lavender scent and the tantalizing fizz.